Five Books You Must Read This Summer

Five Books You Must Read This Summer

Kindles are great, Nooks are cool and I love the iPad. Books on printed paper, however, still rock. There is no better way to relax on a summer day then to turn the pages of a book. It is a bonus if you get sand between the pages.

When it comes to choosing five books you must read this summer, I will give this disclaimer: This may not be the last time I make book recommendations while the weather is still warm.

A good cross-section of books in your reading diet keeps your mind active and creative. If I come across a few more books, older or newly released, I will check back.

Five books you must read this summer

Killing Lincoln: The Shocking Assassination that Changed America Forever

By Bill O’Reilly and Martin Dugard

Reason – This book reads like a novel. It is a fascinating story of the motives and the characters behind the plot to assassinate the president and members of his cabinet.

Platform: Getting Noticed in a Noisy World

By Michael Hyatt

Reason – Even if you don’t think you need a platform, Hyatt will help explain why everything you do should have ‘wow’ attached to it. He also explains the how and the why on the importance of an online presence.

It Worked for Me: In Life and Leadership

By Colin Powell and Tony Koltz

Reason – I saw Colin Powell speak at a conference. His style was natural and commanding all at once. This book reads the same way. Whether you are a fan of Powell or not, put politics aside and enjoy his advice and stories as a soldier and a leader.

Lamb: The Gospel According to Biff, Christ’s Childhood Pal

By Christopher Moore

Reason: Moore is just about one of the funniest writers I have read in some time. This 2003 book is shocking and delightful at the same time. The research Moore did to write this book will put those who get easily offended by this twist on the Gospels a reason to think.

Team of Rivals: The Political Genius of Abraham Lincoln

By Doris Kearns Goodwin

Reason: Not to get all Lincoln on you, but this book just has so many layers of lessons for leaders and anyone that plans to vote for the presidency in November. This book shows why a leader needs to consider his inner circle and how Lincoln looked beyond his personal beliefs to give the nation the best leadership team possible. It will make you think hard before you cast your ballot.

That is my list (so far) of the five books you must read this summer. But what do I know?

What are you reading this summer? Go to the comments section below and tell us.

Have you read any of the five books I mentioned? What did you think?

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Al Getler is a newspaper, website, book and magazine publisher. He is also a comedian/ventriloquist and a speaker on leadership, customer service and personal branding.



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